As you prepare your departure for Nigeria, there are a few health considerations to address before leaving. These include vaccinations for Nigeria, as well as important health risks.
Below you will find a list of vaccinations for Nigeria noted as official recommendations. You may not need all the travel vaccines for Nigeria. Whether or not you will need any of the listed injections for Nigeria depends on a variety of factors.
Book an appointment online to get vaccinated at your local pharmacy. If you are unsure as to which vaccinations you require, book a free telephone consultation with one of our medical advisors, who will create a vaccine plan based on your needs.
Other health risks for which there are no vaccinations for Nigeria exist in the country. You can read more about them below and take necessary precautions.
The risk of malaria is high and present in all parts of the country and throughout the year. It is therefore advised that you take antimalarials for your trip to Nigeria. As drug resistant malaria is present in the country, it is a good idea to seek advice before choosing the type of antimalarial.
Apart from taking antimalarials, you are also recommended to practice anti-mosquito bite prevention while in Nigeria. It is especially important to protect yourself from mosquito bites during the night, as this is when transmission usually occurs.
There is a high risk of zika virus throughout the country. Be sure you are prepared for your stay in Nigeria with anti-mosquito repellents and other bite prevention methods.
Dengue risk is high across all of Nigeria. You can reduce your risk and stay as safe as possible by consistently taking meticulous care to avoid mosquito bites.
It is important to take precautions during your stay in Nigeria, as the diseases can be spread in many different ways and the risk can increase at anytime.
There is a risk of malaria, dengue fever and zika in Nigeria, and you cannot be protected against the diseases by vaccination.
Because of this, it is really important you protect yourself against mosquito bites, which are the main cause of these infections during your stay in the country.
All travellers going to Nigeria should take care with food and water hygiene, as there is a risk of typhoid, polio, cholera and hepatitis A, which are all transmitted through contaminated food and water.
If you are visiting friends or relatives in Nigeria or are a long-stay traveller, you are at increased risk of consuming contaminated food and drinks, and you should therefore be extra careful.
You may find the following contacts useful while in Nigeria.
The British Deputy High Commission Lagos The British Deputy High Commission Lagos can assist you, if you are in need for urgent help. You can call them on + 234 (1) 277 0780 /0781 /0782.
The British High Commission Abuja The British High Commission Abuja can also assist you and can be reached on +234 (0) 94623100.
Local emergency medical services For emergencies needing medical assistance, dial +234 112 or +234 767 which reach both the police and the ambulance.
Medical facilities and practitioners If you get ill while you are away, here is a downloadable list of medical facilities and practitioners in Nigeria prepared by the British Deputy High Commission.
Check if you need vaccinations Book an appointment at your local pharmacy at least 6 to 8 weeks before travel to get vaccinated
Yellow fever certificate As a country with risk of yellow fever, inform yourself of the yellow fever certificate requirements upon entry in Nigeria. They are subject to change.
Travel insurance If you become ill in Nigeria and did not receive the right vaccinations before you left, your travel insurance can become void. So, make sure to check before you leave
Mosquito protection Ensure you have everything you need to minimise your chance of mosquito bites while in Nigeria, including DEET insect repellent
Note useful contact numbers In case of an emergency, have your important you as you travel through Nigeria
If you already know which vaccinations you need, you can book a vaccination appointment at your local pharmacy.
If you would like to discuss your specific requirements with a medical advisor, book a free telephone consultation. A Practio nurse will give an individual assessment of your needs and recommend a suitable vaccination programme.
Anne Marie Major, Independent Nurse Prescriber
20 June 2019
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